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I had an insect bite, and cellulitis developed. How are the two related?

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In brief: Bites and cellulitis

Insects are vectors for many diseases; the insect bite allows microbes from its mouth to enter into your skin and your blood stream. Thus the cellulitis! clean the area with soap and water; use ice for the sting or you can use ammonia to stop the itching.
If it looks infected, use a topical antibiotic, such as neosporin or bactroban, (mupirocin) cover it with a bandaid, then see your doctor for an antibiotic.

In brief: Bites and cellulitis

Insects are vectors for many diseases; the insect bite allows microbes from its mouth to enter into your skin and your blood stream. Thus the cellulitis! clean the area with soap and water; use ice for the sting or you can use ammonia to stop the itching.
If it looks infected, use a topical antibiotic, such as neosporin or bactroban, (mupirocin) cover it with a bandaid, then see your doctor for an antibiotic.
Dr. Corinne Kauderer
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Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Family Medicine
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In brief: A break in skin

Cellulitis is an infection that can occur when bacteria get under the skin, an insect bite may break the skin, making it easier for bacteria to get in.

In brief: A break in skin

Cellulitis is an infection that can occur when bacteria get under the skin, an insect bite may break the skin, making it easier for bacteria to get in.
Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
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Dr. Michael Miller
Wound care

In brief: Bite cz Inflammation

When our bodies sustain an injury, the immediate response is inflammation (red, hot, tender swelling).
This is the body increasing the blood flow to the injury to bring healing factors to the area and also the veins expand to carry bad stuff away. The key is to do things that reduce the parts of inflammation such as ice, compression, elevation and antiinflamamtory medications in the first 24hrs.

In brief: Bite cz Inflammation

When our bodies sustain an injury, the immediate response is inflammation (red, hot, tender swelling).
This is the body increasing the blood flow to the injury to bring healing factors to the area and also the veins expand to carry bad stuff away. The key is to do things that reduce the parts of inflammation such as ice, compression, elevation and antiinflamamtory medications in the first 24hrs.
Dr. Michael Miller
Dr. Michael Miller
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